RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
Alt Ref NoMS 3601-3610
Extent10 files
TitleKeene, Richard (1825-1894), and Keene, Charles Barrow (1863-1937)
DescriptionPhotographs, glass negatives, lantern slides, manuscript and printed volumes of the photographers Richard Keene (1825-94) and his son, Charles Barrow Keene (1860-1937), both of Derby. Most of the photographs are of churches, historic houses and landscapes.

Note on the date of the photographs: Richard Keene began taking photographs in the 1850s. The earliest dated photograph in this collection is of Kedleston in Derbyshire, "Oct [18]'69" and the latest, of the font at Kniveton Church in the same county, "14/5/96." The collection includes several dated glass negatives, the earliest, of Irongate in Derby, is marked, "4 July 1866."
ArrangementMany photographs are labelled with serial numbers which run from one up to four digits. Some of these serial numbers correspond to the catalogue numbers in Richard Keene's 'A List of Derbyshire and other photographs' (1874). From examples bearing both dates and serial numbers it would appear that the earliest photographs are those with serial numbers under 1000, these are frequently c. 12 cm. x 17 cm. in size.
PhysicalDescriptionThe Platinotype process, employed in many of the Keene photographs, produced delicate, grey toned prints, and was invented in England by William Willis in 1873. Prints made by this process are of great permanence; in the presence of nascent ferrous salt, platinum salts when developed in potassium oxalate are reduced to metallic platinum, which is more stable than silver, the metal found in most nineteenth century photographs.
AdminHistoryRichard Keene owned a photographic business in Derby which his son inherited in 1894. He won a number of medals and awards for his photographs and was president-elect of the Photographic Convention of the United Kingdom at the time of his death. Charles Barrow Keene also won medals for his photographs and was made a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 1895. He did not employ an identifying stamp and probably took very few of the Keene photographs.

James Willoughby Harrison (1873-1960) trained as a photographer with Richard Keene and, as an executor of Charles Barrow Keene, inherited books and photographic items belonging to both men.

Richard Keene's work featured in Maxwell Craven's 'Keene's Derby' (1993).
CustodialHistoryThe collection was inherited by James Willoughby Harrison (1873-1960), a commercial photographer in Birmingham.
AcquisitionGiven, with MSS. 3611-3615, by Miss Hazel Willoughby Harrison (daughter of James Willoughby Harrison), April 1991.
RelatedMaterialPhotographs of James Willoughby Harrison (MSS. 3611-3615).

Photocopies of the following trade catalogues, together with miscellaneous related material transferred to printed books [Lambeth Palace Library shelfmark: KA670.D43]:
1.First Class Stereotypes. Views in the private grounds of Chatsworth, the palace of the Peak, Taken during the past summer, with the express permission of his Grace the Duke of Devonshire, Derby: Richard Keene, Repository of Arts, n.d.
2.A list of Derbyshire and other photographs, by Richard Keene, photographer to their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales, Derby: printed by Richard Keene, 1874.
3.A list of Derbyshire and other photographs, by Richard Keene, photographer to their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales, Derby: printed by Richard Keene, 1884.

Since this catalogue was compiled a book has been published on the work of Richard Keene, Keene's Derby, by Maxwell Craven (Derby: Breedon Books Publishing Company, 1993). Lambeth Palace Library shelfmark: KA670.D43.

Derby Museum & Art Gallery and Royal Photographic Society, Bath (photos); Birmingham Museum of Science & Industry (equipment).

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NA2264Harrison; James Willoughby (1873-1960); Commercial Photographer1873-1960
NA2262Keene; Richard (1825-1894); Photographer1825-1894
NA2263Keene; Charles Barrow (1863-1937); Photographer1863-1937
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